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StudioPano-MaryVPhoto-1-It took me a while to get into the swing of writing lyrics. Believe it or not, it was impossibly hard. I was used to writing long book type stuff and news articles and not lines that had to follow a rhythm.

I realize that many songs have very few lyrics, sometimes those lyrics are repeated over and over again, and that’s okay for some songs, but only if you’re trying to get a message across (Note: listen to the song “Earth” listed below).

A lot of songs have lyrics that a five-year-old could write, but most of them are dumb. For some reason, nothing at all came to me when I sat down at my desk. I was drawing a blank. Then, one day I walked into my husband Tom’s studio when he was listening to a song that needed lyrics. I sat down and suddenly found myself with notebook and pen in hand, and like magic, words began to appear on the paper.

After that, it became easy. If I walk into the studio and he’s in the middle of working on a new song, I immediately ask if he’s got lyrics, and if he says no, I pick up the notebook and pen. Sometimes a line will pop into my head, so I write it down and magically the lines fall out of the air.

Then again, there are times when nothing comes. That’s when I know that Tom’s supposed to write the lyrics. Not all of what we write passes muster. About a third of what we write we never use, and there are almost always one or two songs I wish we hadn’t included on almost all of our albums, but I think all musicians feel that way.

When I write I become someone else - a character or a combination of characters, either from one of my books, a TV show,  or someone inside my head who has not yet been put on paper. It’s so much easier that way. I can picture scenes and write about them. I can get inside a character's head and write from their perspective. I know many songwriters. Some take days or weeks to get the lyrics right. Others are like me. Fast and simple. Words come, I write them down

I’m not sure what kind of music we write. I guess it’s an eclectic blend of influences, and we have an endless supply of influences.

And another thing; I hate writing poetry. In fact, although I’ve been published many times since I was 11 years old, my poetry, for the most part, sucks. That’s why I had a hard time writing lyrics at first - I thought lyrics were merely poems set to music, and like I said, I suck at poetry, so it held me back.

So let this be a lesson to everyone - not every writer can write poetry, and not every song lyric is poetic. Some are little short stories set to music and left for the listener to interpret however they want to. That’s the beauty of lyrics - it’s totally up to the listener to figure out what they mean. Even if they mean nothing.

Lyric Examples Below

To Hear The Song, Click On The Titles

EARTH-2-title
SO-DEJA-VU-2-title
TAKING-LIFE-SO-EASY-2-title
EARTH  © S.L. Dimock
 
We will overpopulate the Earth
Till the ground can hold no more
Till the waters all run dry
And the rich become the poor
We will breed like a disease
Watch the grasses turn to dust
Cut down all the trees
Live in buildings made of rust
 
Oooooo.... Oooooo.... etc
 
We are poisoning the rivers
Killing all the streams
Destroying all our hope
Of living out our dreams
When the ground begins to shake
When the sky begins to rumble
Where is there to run
When the hills begin to crumble
 
(repeat)

 

So Deja Vu  © S.L. Dimock

 

Seemed like a memory

When I first saw you

Standing on the shore

It was So Deja Vu

I can remember

There was

So much

Sadness In your eyes

It was So Deja Vu

Now I see you smiling

And I remember

Haven't we

Come a long, long way

Sometimes I look at you

And I wonder

Did I see you in a dream

It was So Deja Vu

And when you look at me

I can see it, see it in your eyes

It's all So Deja Vu

Now I see you smile

And I remember

We've come a long long way

Things that once used to matter

Have faded

Far, far away

SOLO

 

Seemed like a memory

When I first saw you

Standing on the shore

It was So Deja Vu

I can remember

There was

So much

Sadness in your eyes

It was all So Deja Vu

Now I see you smiling

And I remember

Haven't we

Come a long way

Things that once used to matter

Have faded

Far, far away

TAKING LIFE SO EASY © S.L. Dimock
 
Drivin' in my truck past the Goodall Farm
The cows look at me
And I swear they smile
It's a beautiful day
Not a cloud in the Carolina sky
Drivin' in my truck
And I'm gettin' high
 
Pullin' into town
in my pickup truck
Sun shining down
Life is lookin' up
People wave at me
Everyone feelin' fine
I'm feelin' pretty good
Think it must be a sign
 
Takin' time to breathe
Smell of roses in the air
Leaves are on the trees
Green is everywhere
People walkin' dogs
Little kids skipping by
Fruit trees all in bloom
Makes me think of apple pie
 
The cold days are gone
Spring is in the air
Checkin' out the flowers
I don't have a care
Pull into the station
Fill up on some gas
Wavin' at the people
As they all go ridin' past
 
Takin' life so easy
My life is pretty good
Won't go somewhere else, even if I could
Takin' life so easy
On a sunny springtime day
Gassin' up my truck
Then I'll be on my way
Gassin' up my truck
Then I'll be on my way